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November 26 - Morning

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life:
You should mind your own business and work with
your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily
life may win the respect of outsiders and so that
you will not be dependent on anybody.”

- First Thessalonians 4:11-12

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A Quiet Life Spent Working with Your Hands    

The issue of Christians not working appears to have been a problem when Paul was in Thessalonica in 50 AD when he started the church since Paul writes in the past tense in First Thessalonians in
51 AD “work with your hands, just as we told you.”

When Timothy arrived in Corinth to report the progress of the church in Thessalonians it obviously
had continued to be a problem since Paul addresses it again. The situation of lazy, idle believers
had even increased by 52 AD when Paul has to write rules and guidelines for dealing with these believers who refuse to work in his second letter to the Thessalonians:

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you…For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
– 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10

The directive to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life” and to “mind your own business” were necessary because the believers where not busy making a living by doing “work with your hands.” This lifestyle of vanity and useless inactivity did not “win the respect of outsiders.”
  Christian Quote from Church History
"All things (but lying, dying, and denying Himself) are possible to God."
- Christopher Nesse
Something to Ponder??

These countries are ranked as the most free and with high respect for civil liberties:
- Australia (66% Christian)
- Austria (78% Christian)
- Costa Rica (92% Christian)
-United States(79%Christian)
- Italy (90% Christian)
- Canada (66% Christian)
- Norway (90% Christian)
- Great Britain (72% Christian)
- France (90% Christian)
- Ireland (93% Christian)
- Finland (86% Christian)

These countries are ranked as the not free and with little interest in civil liberties:
- Algeria (1% Christian)
- Bhutan (0% Christian)
- Burma (4% Christian)
- Cambodia (0% Christian)
- China (4% Christian)
- Egypt (10% Christian)
- Iran (1% Christian)
- Iraq (3% Christian)
- Libya (3% Christian)
- North Korea (0% Christian)
- Pakistan (1% Christian)
- Russia (15% Christian)
- Saudi Arabia (0% Christian)
- Somalia (0% Christian)
- Sudan (5% Christian)
- Syria (10% Christian)
- Vietnam (7% Christian)
- Zimbabwe (25% Christian)

See the CIA map rating the
countries' freedom HERE

See a listing of countries with a breakdown of each country's
percentage of religions HERE

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Gibborim (Hb) - Mighty Men (Eng) - the Hebrew noun gibborim means "mighty men." Gibborim is translated as "warrior," "mighty warrior." It is first used to refer to the "mighty men" in the days
of the Nephilim before the Flood in Genesis 6:4. Gibborim also refers to warriors from the
city of Gibeon in Joshua 10:2; King Saul in 2 Samuel 1:25, 27; mighty angels in Psalm 103:20;
and, to God himself in Deuteronomy 10:17 and Psalm 45:3.

Abraham's city of Ur was excavated by Sir Leonard Woolley. Discovered was a 2.5 mile defensive wall that surrounded the city. A ziggurat stood in the center of a 200 yard by 400 yard court in the middle of the city. The streets were apparently unplanned. The residential houses were two stories tall with rooms surrounding a courtyard on the main floor that had a drain to collect rain water in an underground cistern. The mud brick walls of homes would have been plastered and painted with whitewash to look similar to many modern homes in the western world today.

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Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I seek "words of a gossip" or do I enjoy sharing gossip?
I will seek a quiet life, work to provide for myself and mind my own business so that
my lifestyle is respectable to both believers and non-believers.
  "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts."
Proverbs 26:22
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Matthew 28 Philippians 2 Acts 17
Prayer for Today
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Opportunity to lead someone to Christ Confront liberalism Gun Control Issues Turkey
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Inside a chapel attached to the back wall of the tomb of Jesus. Galyn looks
at stone molding that still remains from Constantine’s sepulcher built around Christ’s tomb beginning in 326 AD and dedicated on September 17, 335 AD. The larger detailed photo shows what Galyn is looking at: the ancient stone molding that decorated the outside base of Constantine’s sepulcher that surrounded the tomb of Christ.

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Locations that received the message of the Gospel in 30 AD as a result of being in Jerusalem during Pentecost that year. (click on image for larger size)
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